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Tony Romo’s current target: Week Eight or Week Nine

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 25:  Injured Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo continues to recover from a compression fracture in his spine. He’s sufficiently recovered that, per a source with knowledge of the situation, he has been throwing the ball with zip and working out aggressively in preparation for his return.

The current target for his return, according to the source, is Week Eight against the Eagles or Week Nine at Cleveland.

The belief continues to be that, when he’s healthy, Romo will play. That doesn’t mean healthy in the air-quotes sense, where the team’s doctors decide Romo’s not “100 percent” until Dak Prescott cools off. The Cowboys intend to use Romo when he’s cleared to play, because they continue to believe he gives them the best chance to win.

The better news for the Cowboys is that they also believe they’ve finally found someone to whom the baton can be passed, eventually. While that may lead to an awkward handoff at some point down the road, the team can take some solace in the notion that there won’t be a vacuum at the position after Romo retires.

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43 Responses to “Tony Romo’s current target: Week Eight or Week Nine”
  1. katientony says: Oct 14, 2016 10:24 AM

    If they put Romo back in they are just foolish. Time to move on Cowboys. Sorry Tony…go make love to your super hot wife and move on!

  2. newsletterczar says: Oct 14, 2016 10:27 AM

    There is also the matter of what Romo will be due from the Cowboys if he retires as opposed to what he would be owed if he is released.

  3. blowpackblow says: Oct 14, 2016 10:31 AM

    To hold a clipboard?

  4. bighoser says: Oct 14, 2016 10:33 AM

    He plays for 3-5 games until he inevitably gets hurt again. He’s damaged goods with a thrice broken collarbone and multiple back surgeries so he’s an OLD 36. He’ll probably retire after exiting early again next year and then the Prescott era can start (who looks good so far but still hasn’t faced a top defense yet. It would be interesting to see what he could do against Minnesota but I bet they’ll trot out Romo for that one).

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:33 AM

    I’ve had compression fractures in my lower spine twice. If they think he’ll be 100% or anything close to it by week 8 or 9, Dr Jones is dreaming.

    The key is rehabbing the muscles around the injury so they are stronger than ever to support the damaged disk. While he has access to some of the best facilities in the world to do this, you can’t rush healing or the time it takes. If he pushes too hard on the rehab he’ll reinjure it.

  6. sportmigos says: Oct 14, 2016 10:35 AM

    for football or golf

  7. californiaqid says: Oct 14, 2016 10:36 AM

    I don’t think Romo will play another full season anywhere.

  8. txrawdog says: Oct 14, 2016 10:36 AM

    Before all the haters and clowns get on here…Romo is 15-4 in his last 19 games and if he truly is healthy then he gives us a great chance to win any game, however as much as I like him and support my Cowboy IDK if Romo’s body can hold up to NFL hits anymore.

  9. thisistheonlygame says: Oct 14, 2016 10:37 AM

    I think I have seen this script before. Team playing with backup QB loses to a decent team (Bills, Eagles, etc). Then Experienced QB comes in to dismantle the Browns. Feels 29 again.

    I am predicting week 9 for Romo’s come back.

  10. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Oct 14, 2016 10:39 AM

    The way things are presently going for the Cowboys, Jerry Jones’ current target for Tony Romo might be March 2017.

  11. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Oct 14, 2016 10:40 AM

    The better news for the Cowboys is that they also believe they’ve finally found someone to whom the baton can be passed, eventually. While that may lead to an awkward handoff at some point down the road, the team can take some solace in the notion that there won’t be a vacuum at the position after Romo retires.
    ———
    Ya, because we have never seen a quarterback play really well for a short spell and then start sucking

  12. kcchefs58 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:42 AM

    Jerry is going to mess this up as usual. Can’t wait!

  13. athwartships says: Oct 14, 2016 10:42 AM

    Tell Prescott not to get too comfortable on that bench…he’ll be going back in pretty quick.

  14. charliecharger says: Oct 14, 2016 10:43 AM

    The Cowboys are sitting pretty. I think it would be great for Prescott’s career to watch Romo play a little. Steve Young played while Montana was hurt, then sat and watched Joe come back and win two more super bowls. Didn’t ruin Young’s career.

  15. 315judman says: Oct 14, 2016 10:43 AM

    He’s gonna love it in Cleveland!

  16. bradygirl12 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:52 AM

    While I understand that Tony Romo is the starting QB and Jerry Jones want to remain loyal to him, I think the Cowboys have a much better chance of actually making the playoffs with Dak Prescott. He’s smart, he can take a hit, he can use his legs, and he seems wise beyond his years. The team believes it can win with him. They haven’t won with Romo. They haven’t made the playoffs since the 1990’s. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

  17. jerryyouradisgrace says: Oct 14, 2016 10:52 AM

    It’s your team Tony…and has been for years. Time to show all the haters AGAIN

  18. spreadems says: Oct 14, 2016 11:02 AM

    It will be good to have him back. Having a healthy Romo and Dez together is always a good thing.

  19. MichaelEdits says: Oct 14, 2016 11:03 AM

    Actually, his target is the same as everybody else associated with the Cowboys, and that’s to get as much press coverage as possible.

  20. politiciansareallthesame says: Oct 14, 2016 11:06 AM

    Thinking all of a sudden Romo is going to transform into Joe Montana or Tom Brady after only having 2 playoff wins under his belt in 10 years, is simply insanity. Time to move on.

  21. rootpain says: Oct 14, 2016 11:08 AM

    thisistheonlygame says:
    Oct 14, 2016 10:37 AM
    I think I have seen this script before. Team playing with backup QB loses to a decent team (Bills, Eagles, etc). Then Experienced QB comes in to dismantle the Browns. Feels 29 again.

    I am predicting week 9 for Romo’s come back.
    ============================
    So clever…but it’s not. There isn’t anybody you can compare Brady’s physical preparation with. And anyone he has been on the field with will acknowledge that he is one of the most difficult quarterbacks to read. So both mentally and physically he continues to demonstrate that while yes the mind and body ages, there are things you can do to offset the decline.
    I hope Tony heals well and is able to play until he no longer has the desire to.

  22. dezbryant says: Oct 14, 2016 11:19 AM

    Dak has gotten off to a good start. He still needs to work on his down field passes. Most of his passes are screens or 8 yard crossing patterns. He still is not seeing the whole field. I have no problem with starting Romo and giving young Dak some more time to develop.

  23. iamkillerfin says: Oct 14, 2016 11:21 AM

    Romo SUCKS!!! Hang it up already!!! Dak is winning LEAVE IT ALONE JERRY!!!

  24. dpdonny says: Oct 14, 2016 11:22 AM

    Dont understand the clout Romo carries. He’s been surrounded by talent and won nothing. Zilch. Nada. Stugatz.

    1 Playoff win in 10+ years as a starter = 0.

  25. zeusdagod says: Oct 14, 2016 11:27 AM

    If Romo plays ahead of Dak when he’s cleared, it will be clear that Jerry Jones, much like the late Al Davis, has lost all common sense when it comes to football the older he gets.

  26. thisistheonlygame says: Oct 14, 2016 11:37 AM

    I am predicting a Brady like performance against the browns in week nine. Not sure which QB it will be…

    But they will look great doing it.

  27. vegasdestroyer says: Oct 14, 2016 11:41 AM

    Romo will gladly wait for the punching bag Browns until he has to get back in the ring. BUT if the Boys beat the Pack-unlikely- Dak is it. Then Jerry better get a big insurance policy… just in case Romo slips in the shower.

  28. goldenmonkey15 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:54 AM

    Romo targets week 8 or 9 …. and then throws an INT.

  29. theharshestreality says: Oct 14, 2016 12:09 PM

    dpdonny says – Dont understand the clout Romo carries. He’s been surrounded by talent and won nothing. Zilch. Nada. Stugatz.

    1 Playoff win in 10+ years as a starter = 0.

    Wow, I’m no Romo-Lover but you are wrong on so many levels. First, Romo has two playoff wins. Second, he has played with historically bad defenses.

    Defense (Total Yards)
    2014 – 18
    2013 – 32
    2012 – 18
    2011 – 13
    2010 – 22

    That they were able to win eight games a year with that terrible roster is a testament to Romo and no one else. Without him, 4 0r 5 wins would have been a blessing.

    W-L record of 80-53. Playoff record of 2-4. Interestingly, his career record on the road is almost identical to his career record on the road. Clutch.

    Six times he has lead the league in a passing category and has been top ten in many, many more.

    Troll.

  30. dtp15 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:18 PM

    You can’t play tomorrow. You just can’t.

  31. dtp15 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:19 PM

    You can’t play romo. You just can’t.

  32. Kelly's Chronicles says: Oct 14, 2016 12:35 PM

    Remember Beurlien and Airman. Jimmy Johnson kept saying “Troy isn’t 100 percent yet” while the backup was winning. And Troy even got antsy at some point. But once Beurlien stumbled Troy was back. But I for one don’t see Dak stumbling. We will find out this week when the Packers take away the run game if this kid is really big time

  33. bspurloc says: Oct 14, 2016 12:48 PM

    .
    lol…
    so JJ says its all healed.
    so why isn’t he starting this week?
    3 weeks from now? lol
    no matter how much Milk he drinks he is fragile

  34. jjackwagon says: Oct 14, 2016 1:08 PM

    Ask Schottenheimer what happens when you don’t stick with the hot-hand.

  35. bobthebillsfan says: Oct 14, 2016 2:12 PM

    Give jerrah’s man crush on Tony, maybe the cowboys will offer TR a position on the coaching staff – assistant to the head coach – or something like that.

  36. tindeaux says: Oct 14, 2016 2:13 PM

    antonio romo is targeting week 8 or week 9 for his retirement.
    #TimeToMoveOn

  37. devildoginasia says: Oct 14, 2016 2:34 PM

    This reminds me of when Bledsoe went down… If it isnt broke, dont fix it.

  38. bigblue431 says: Oct 14, 2016 4:16 PM

    Giants fan here and, after watching him battle my team year after year, all respect to Romo and his abilities. Too much Romo hate from folks who haven’t watched him play.

    With that said, I think Romo needs to consider his life-long health. Dude, you’re a multi-millionaire with a hot wife who can land any TV job you want. Don’t cripple yourself over the dream of a SB ring!

  39. boysroll says: Oct 14, 2016 4:31 PM

    I have one thing to say to the NFL…..We have 2 stud QB’s, a stud oline, decent defense, awesome WR’s and TE’s and 2 stud RB’s.

    I predict a SB this year as we are going to go on a huge run and might win 2 in 3 years.

    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!!!

  40. sariff420 says: Oct 14, 2016 4:36 PM

    Wow, 2 playoff wins in a 10+ yr career !

  41. twodogs1porkchop says: Oct 14, 2016 5:14 PM

    Romo can do whatever he wants to. He is a great athlete and a great quarterback, and he’s proved the test of time and has overcome many injuries along the way. He reminds me a lot of Aikman, another stellar Cowboys quarterback. I would keep him as long as possible, he has tremendous fan appeal.

  42. irishmanknowsall says: Oct 15, 2016 1:02 PM

    These athletes just have no idea there is life after, and besides, football.
    Fans don’t really care about any of their team members. It is foolish for players to think they are somebody, in that regard.

    Each player must and should look out for himself, first. It is by all accounts an incredibly violent sport. The weekly injury list looks like victims of a train wreck.

    Take your money, and what is left of your wealth and health, and go do anything less stressful on your body and your loved ones.

  43. 10aday says: Oct 15, 2016 7:11 PM

    Your ceiling is always higher with a quarterback who can throw down-field.

    That said, if you’re running teams over on the ground, keep doing it until you can’t. In the meantime Romo gets a few extra weeks to get fully healthy.

    Eventually you run into some teams that are willing to sell out to stop the run and force you to throw downfield. I don’t see Dak being able to carry the offense, especially with a suspect defense spending more time on the field giving up points.

    When this thing finally peters out (it will), you thank the kid for doing his part and then let Romo do what he did in 2014.

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